Kings of Burma

Many Thanks to: www.friesian.com The Burmese speak a Sino-Tibean language, more closely related to Tibetan and Karen than to Chinese itself. But, despite frequent political and military involvement with China, Burma has always been a sub-Indian culture, with Theravadin Buddhist religion and a Sanskrit based alphabet. The interesting circular form of Burmese letters is a consequence […]

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Historical Myanmar and Burmese Clothing

Around AD 1000, women clothes of the Pyu era, were made from silk and cotton.  During the Bagan period, embroidered shawl is worn over the shoulders as a popularity. They also had bands around their arms.  During the Yadanar Bon period, a Htai Ma Thein Jacket is worn with Anoh. Emerald shawl is wrapped over […]

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Myanmar Festivals

Monthly Festivals in Myanmar (Burma) Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festivals for every month of the year. Most festival are cultural and religious. Majority are nation-wide celebrated while a few are distinctly regional. The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the Lunar Year. Myanmar Festival Calendar – 2005 From […]

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Burmese Names

Meanings of Myanmar Names Almost every syllable has its meaning in Myanmar language. Names of towns, names of people, all have meanings. And they are interesting. Names of Myanmar Towns Yangon: Formerly called Rangoon in English. Means “end of strife” Dagon: Derived from Tain-goat-tra Mandalay: Named after the Mandalay Hill. Derived from Pali word “Mandalar”, […]

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Burmese Measuring System

Myanmar Weight Metric System British System   Gram Kilogram Grain Ounce Pound 1 Yway Lay 0.136077706 0.000136078 2.1 0.0048 0.0003 1 Yway Gyi 0.272155412 0.000272155 4.2 0.0096 0.0006 1 Pae Thar 1.020582833 0.001020583 15.75 0.036 0.00225 1 Mu Thar 2.041165665 0.002041166 31.5 0.072 0.0045 1 Mat Thar 4.08233133 0.004082331 63.0 0.144 0.009 5 Mue Thar […]

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Burma’s ‘tourist life line’

Burma is rapidly emerging from its cocoon of self-imposed isolation. And, as AMAR GROVER discovered, a visit to this land of golden pagodas is like a trip back in time. Long isolated, even from immediate neighbours Burma, or Myanamar as it prefers to be called now, is rapidly emerging, from a wasting socialist cocoon. Visit […]

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Thingyan, The Water Festival

Among the many festivals in Myanmar, Thingyan is the merriest and one of the few observed all over the country. Thingyan welcomes the Myanmar New Year by washing away the dirt of the body and bad memories of the old year. Everyone who ventures out of the house risks getting doused from head to toe […]

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Burmese Sauces

Ngan Pya Ye Chet Burma Mango Story Mango Pickle Relish Sweet Mango Chutney Crisp Soybean Relish Sharp Garlic Dip Sour Dipping Sauce Ambarella and Raisin Chutney Hanglay Curry Paste Tomato Soybean Dip Tomato Shrimp Paste Crisp Shrimp Relish (Burmese Balachaung) Shrimp Paste Dip Shrimp Paste Relish (Ngapidaung) Onion and Lime Anchovy Relish Ngan Pya Ye […]

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Burmese Desserts

Gin Thoke (Ginger Mix) Palm Sugar Sago  (Thagu-Pyin)  Seaweed Jelly  Rich Semolina  (Sanwinmakin) Hidden Treasure Monpetok) Moh Let Saung (Coconut Milk with Sago) Coconut Cream Sherbet (Shwe-Yin-Aye) Wrapped Bananas  (Kauknyintok) Mango Cake Gin Thoke (Ginger Mix) This after meal digestive tid bit is pronounced jintho . The Burmese are a very relaxed people. They sit […]

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Myanmar Mythology and Mythical Creatures

It’s not just in the Greeks mythology where animals were combined into a single form. Myanmars also have quite a few number of combined form of mythical creatures. Lion This is a Myanmar grotesque form of a mythical lion. Doe is still look like a lion to you? According to the legendary tales, lions are the […]

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